Sydney: Australian Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has said that he will start on his improvement by finding consistency in his one-day game which is down at a time when Australia`s ICC Champions Trophy hopes rely on players like him firing.
Wade, who is still a part of Australia`s Ashes squad, has been dumped as the No.1 seed by veteran gloveman Brad Haddin , who has been recalled as vice-captain, although he is still aiming to play the first Test against England at Trent Bridge as a batsman.
With his focus currently on helping rescue Australia`s Champions Trophy title defence against New Zealand on Wednesday, Wade admitted that his ODI form has been patchy and added that being dropped has allowed him to take stock of his form.
Stating that such experiences provide a learning curve, Wade also said that given the amount of workload, there is not much opportunities to sit down and work on individual games for four or five weeks, although he added that he considers himself lucky that he did not go to the Indian Premier League this year, which gave him the opportunity to work hard on improving his form.
Insisting that he is not disappointed to be a victim of Australia`s experience vacuum, Wade said that there are no `sour grapes` , adding that he is not that wrapped up in his own game that he cannot understand what the selectors are trying to say.
According to Wade, as a very young team is going into an Ashes series, it was necessary for the selectors to drop him in favour of the more experienced Haddin in order to get a complete success in the Ashes, adding that he has realised that consistent form since his debut more than a year ago could have kept him in the side.
In the wake of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey retiring from the Test team, selectors needed Haddin to boost the leadership base in the team.
Wade, a candidate for the Test vice-captaincy himself before he was dropped, says he has not given up on being a future leader.